10 Selfish Reasons to Breastfeed

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Ten ‘Selfish’ Reasons To Breastfeed

You’ve heard the horror stories of mastitis and of the difficult first weeks of trying to establish a steady milk supply. You know mothers who never found breastfeeding easy. And you’re really not looking forward to painful, cracked nipples at any time.

Yet the proof is seemingly irrefutable – breastfeeding is better for your baby’s health – and so you’re determined to give it a go. Congratulations, best wishes and good luck…

And just in case you need further motivation, we bring you below ten ‘selfish’ personal benefits that come from being a breastfeeding mother. You go, girl!

  • Not breastfeeding increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer
  • Women who don’t breastfeed have increased risk of ovarian cancer
  • Breastfeeding helps the uterus to return to size after birth
  • Not breastfeeding increases a mother’s risk of osteoporosis
  • Breastfeeding saves money – it is free!
  • Not breastfeeding increases a women’s chance of endometrial cancer
  • Breastfeeding calms distressed babies. It has an analgesic effect
  • Breastfed babies smell better and their poos aren’t as offensive 😉
  • Breastfeeding forces you to have a rest
  • Breastfeeding delays the return of menstrual periods

With an nod and thanks to Rachel Blair’s Breastfeeders Anonymous – an excellent guide to the subject for new mums and the newly pregnant. Don’t be anxious – be informed.

For a very useful Breastfeeding Glossary and detailed exploration of the the debate around extended breastfeeding please visit here.

For the rules and do’s and don’ts around breast milk storage please also check out this page.

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